“A self-confessed lecher with a record of not being able to hold his tongue, Trump may very well sneak in as the next president of the United States. That’s because, as nasty as he is, presidential sexual escapades are not exactly unknown in the White House. For example, we all know about Marilyn and Monica, whose names are forever linked to two Democratic presidents most Americans admire.”
November 2, 2016
The Toronto Sun
When the first roller coaster opened at Coney Island in Brooklyn, New York in 1884, it was meant to make one’s stomach churn as you went down 600 feet, before rising up to a platform and then returning via another carriage.
The 19th century American inventor of this ride, LaMarcus Adna Thompson, would marvel at some of the thrill-filled roller coaster rides in today’s amusement parks, but he could never have imagined the roller coaster that has become the 2016 U.S. presidential election.
Not that dirty campaigns and character issues were unknown in 1884.
In fact, the presidential election held on Nov. 4 of that year that elected New York Democratic Governor Grover Cleveland, was bested by controversy over the character of his Republican opponent, Senator James G. Blaine.
Just as the 2016 election has come down to character and integrity versus policy and programs, in 1884, Republican Blaine fought under the shadow of the “Mulligan letters”.
They were discovered by Boston bookkeeper James Mulligan in 1876, showing Blaine had sold his influence in Congress to various businesses.
A week from now we’ll know whether the latest scandal to hit Hillary Clinton — her amateur hour performance as U.S. secretary of state with classified emails — was enough to make her stumble in the final mad dash of the marathon presidential election campaign.
Added to that are allegations she traded access to the state department in exchange for millions of dollars donated to her Clinton Foundation by Saudi Arabia and other dictatorships.
Notwithstanding Clinton’s woes, her opponent, Donald Trump, is no knight in shining armour.
A self-confessed lecher with a record of not being able to hold his tongue, Trump may very well sneak in as the next president of the United States.
That’s because, as nasty as he is, presidential sexual escapades are not exactly unknown in the White House.
(For example, we all know about Marilyn and Monica, whose names are forever linked to two Democratic presidents most Americans admire).
If Trump wins it will be a nightmare for the American political establishment — in both parties — who feel they have a God-given entitlement to the corridors of power.
Just two weeks ago Trump was considered toast, with down-ticket Republicans distancing themselves from the man whose audio recordings would have sunk even the Titanic.
But today, Trump and Clinton are neck-and-neck, mainly because of two odd props in the year-long presidential drama that have sent the 2016 roller coaster into an unknown dark tunnel.
They are Clinton’s close, Saudi-raised aide, Huma Abedin, and her now estranged husband, former congressman Anthony Weiner, best known for sending pictures of his private parts to women, as well as allegedly sexting underage girls.
While Republicans were trying to point out the links between Abedin and a Saudi Islamist journal she co-edited for many years, it was her husband’s sexts that led to the discovery of thousands of emails possibly relevant to the Clinton case on a computer he shared with his wife.
It’s outrageous that emails that may have contained classified information could have ended up on the computer of a man who was allegedly luring underage girls for fantasy sex.
On Nov. 8, let this roller coaster come to a standstill, America.
Hold your nose and vote for Trump.
Let Hillary play with Bill amid the wealth they collected in the name of charity.